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FULTON, S.D. — In the wake of tragedy, residents in the small southeast South Dakota town of Fulton just outside of Mitchell showed the true spirit of their farming community. Between the Bender family's soybean and corn harvests, the family patriarch was killed in an automobile crash in late October. The death of Robert Bender, 57, shook the small town to its core, marking the loss of a man beloved in the area and involved in several Hanson County organizations.
MITCHELL, S.D.—A summer scare for Mitchell's top tourist destination was narrowly avoided. Despite an excessively dry summer, Corn Palace Director Scott Schmidt said the city will have enough corn to decorate the nine corn murals surrounding the World's Only Corn Palace.
BURKE, S.D. — South Dakota Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton has his sights set on the Governor's Mansion. The 33-year-old Burke resident announced his intention to run for governor Wednesday morning, May 31, at the Sutton Ranch in his hometown, aiming to end a streak of six consecutive Republicans governors in South Dakota. And backed by a belief that he can unite West River and East River South Dakotans, Sutton thinks he can rise above the other candidates in the race.